A conservative media watchdog group says it's outrageous that
former Vice President Al Gore is selling his liberal cable
television network to terrorist sympathetic Al Jazeera -- the
result being a U.S.-based news network with content that American
consumers should be wary of.
The Associated Press
yesterday that Gore and his partners have agreed to sell
struggling Current TV to the Qatar-based broadcasting entity for a
reported $500 million. The sale would raise Al Jazeera's current
U.S. footprint from 4.7 million to more than 40 million households.
The Al Jazeera Media Network reports it plans to create a New York
City-based news channel called Al Jazeera America that should begin
broadcasting later this year.
But television analysts say the Arab network faces hurdles in
the U.S. with distributors and viewers. Time Warner Cable, which
accounts for 12-million households, has already indicated it would
drop Current TV from its lineup and will not carry the channel
under its new ownership. "We are removing the service as quickly as
possible," Time Warner said in a statement.
Center describes the Al Jazeera Media Network as an
"anti-Western terror mouthpiece bankrolled by the emir of Qatar."
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at MRC, offers
just two examples of the pro-terrorist views typical of the Arab
"Here is Al Jazeera, which
threw a birthday party for a terrorist who killed two Israelis,
including beating to death a four-year-old girl," he describes.
"One of their hosts wouldn't tell you that Hamas and Hezbollah were
terrorist organizations." (More examples from MRC)
Gainor warns that Al Jazeera can use its new access to broadcast
Islamic terrorist propaganda. "What this does is it buys them
propaganda access to 40 million Americans," he exclaims. "That's
what they wanted because they want to propagandize to
"What this does is it buys [Al Jazeera] propaganda
access to 40 million Americans." - Dan
The MRC spokesman says it is telling that the former vice
president of the United States would choose to sell his channel to
a conservative-hating and Christian-hating broadcasting outlet.
While confirming the sale of his network, Gore stated that Al
Jazeera shares Current TV's mission "to give voice to those who are
not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide
independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories
that no one else is telling." He added: "... Like Current, [Al
Jazeera] believes that facts and truth lead to a better
understanding of the world around us."
According to MRC, conservative commentator Glenn Beck apparently
tried to purchase Current TV earlier but was told "the legacy of
who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to
networks not aligned with our point of view."
Tony Perkins, president of the Washington, DC-based Family Research
Council, stated on the American Family Radio network Friday
that because Al Jazeera disseminates propaganda, his organization
will not issue the network credentials for events sponsored by
"We know exactly what they're trying to do," Perkins said. "I do
not do interviews with them because I think it's very clear what
their agenda is and I'm not going to help them. I think Al Gore is
wrong for facilitating what they're trying to do this country and
the propaganda they're trying to put out."